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Professor B’s July 5 Vintages Release Recommendations

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This large release of well over 120 wines offers a number of red Bordeaux, Italian, Spanish reds, plus two spirits, and excellent champagne, and four rose wines.

Spirits

Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon,
Buffalo Trace Distillery, Kentucky, U.S.A.

Sensational bourbon with 45 per cent ABV offers smoky custard and coffee aromas. The “sweet” core in the moth renders this whisky pleasant and very appealing. Sip from a snifter to enjoy its complex aromas.
91/100
604785, $ 49.95

Limited Edition 12 Years Old Oloroso Cask Finish Single Malt, Tomintoul Distillery, Scotland
Smells of tropical fruits, sherry and citrus. Smooth and perfectly balanced with a long finish.
90/100
376210, 700 ml. $ 97.95

Sparkling wine

Carte D’Or Brut, Drappier, Champagne, France
Excellent citrus and pineapple aromas waft out of the glass. Lively, with millions of small bubbles and fine finish. Ready to enjoy, but can be cellared for three to four more years.
91/100
726281, $ 48.95

Fortified Wine

Bailen Dry Oloroso Sherry, Osborne, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Dried fruit, walnuts, and almond smells are discernible. Good depth with underlying caramel flavours. An excellent digestive.
89/100
746453, $ 16.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2012, Hamilton-Russel, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa
Aromas of brioche, pear and apples jump out of the glass. Beautiful minerality in the mouth balanced and perfectly suited for white-fleshed fish.
91/100
931006, $ 34.95

Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Clos Henri, Marlborough, New Zealand
Presents lemon peel, citrus zest aromas. Medium bodied. Well balanced and deeply flavoured.
92/100
675629, $ 28.95

Barrel Aged Chardonnay, 2011, Peninsula Ridge Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Orange, green apple, lemon zest notes. A very well crafted, balanced, “clean-tasting” wine with a long finish. Enjoy with pan-fried sole fillets a la Meuniere, chicken breast Marechal, blanquette of provimi veal, or veal sweetbreads.
92/100
211490, $ 15.95

Also recommended

Kali Hart Chardonnay, 2012, Robert Talbott Vineyards, Monterey County, California
91/100
46417, $ 23.95

Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Vina Robles, Paso Robles, California
91/100
374561, $ 19.95

1865 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, San Pedro, Leyda Valley, Chile
90/100
375212, $ 18.95

Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Elephant Hill Winery, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
88+/100
96644, $ 22.95

The Doctor’s Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Forrest Estates, Marlborough, New Zealand
88+/100
317842, $ 19.95

Montagny Premier Cru, 2010, Caves de Vigneron de Buxy, Burgundy, France
89+/100
159020, $ 24.95

Atlantis, 2012, Argyros, Santorini, Greece
88+/100
371658, $ 17.95

Fiano di Avellino, 2012, Terre Dora, Campania, Italy
90/100
120048, $ 21.95

Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Duckhorn, Napa Valley, California
Complex aromas of cassis, vanilla, cherrystones, cedar and smoke waft out of the glass. Massive, powerful, full-bodied, well crafted wine that needs to be paired with robust foods.
93/100
24190, $ 79.95

Chateau Phelan Segur, 2010, St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Fruity, and smoky notes on the nose. Good acidity, and balance. A refined and elegant wine that should be cellared for five to eight years for more refinement.
92/100
260505, $ 78.85

Ebenezer Shiraz, 2007, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Dark ruby in colour. Red currant and toast aromas. A terrific wine with a viscous feel in the mouth and long finish. An outstanding, well- crafted and powerful wine.
92/100
971705, $ 39.95

Also recommended

Terroire Cache Meritage, 2010, Hidden Bench, Niagara peninsula, Ontario, Canada
92/100
505610, $ 38.20

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Cannonball, California
90/100
291666, $ 23.95

Merlot, 2013, Ironstone, Sonoma County, California
89/100
704353, $ 18.95

NQN Malma Reserva de Familia Malbec, 2010, La Inversora, Patagonia, Argentina
91/100
222158, $ 17.95

Fincas Las Palmas Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Trapiche, Mendoza, Argentina
91/100
143206, $ 16.95

Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Jip Jip Rocks, Padthaway, South Australia
91/100
186114, $ 16.95

Dried Grape Shiraz, 2012, Nugan Estates, Australia
92/100
376707, $ 26.95

The Chocolate Block, 2012, Boekenhoutskloof, Franschoek, South Africa
90/100
129353, $ 39.95

Amarone Della Valpolicella, 2010, Sartori, Veneto, Italy
92/100
85217, $ 43.95

Gigondas, 2011, Ortas L’Estellan, Rhone Valley, France
90/100
328435, $ 24.95

Chateau Gourgazaud Reserve, 2010, Minervois, France
88/100
986083, $ 16.95

Les Vignes De Mon Pere, Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, 2011,
Mas Des Bressades, France
90/100
712174, $ 21.95

Chateau Sociando Mallet, 2010, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
90/100
257781, $ 63.85

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